Winners of Armen Awards announced

Projects that educated pregnant teens about oral hygiene, promoted a healthy lifestyle to children, and improved access to The Collegiate student newspaper were named winners of Grand Rapids Community College’s 2013 Armen Awards.

The winners were announced during a ceremony on April 26, 2013:

  • First place: Community Dental Health course students teamed up with Salvation Army-Booth Family Services to provide oral hygiene education to pregnant teens and teen mothers.  Faculty member Deb Schultz and students Nancy Kyser and Kaley Sherwood worked with Angela Scott, from Salvation Army-Booth Services.
  • Second place: Principles of Physical Education course students worked with East Leonard Elementary School on an “Organ Wise Guys” program to promote a healthy lifestyle to children.  Faculty member Melanie Schiele Gady and student Samantha Fredrick teamed up with Kathy Sainz, of East Leonard Elementary, and Stephanie Marino from Michigan State University Extension.
  • Third place: Mobile Device Security and Development course students worked with The Collegiate on a mobile app to increase access and readership for the GRCC student newspaper.  Faculty member Szymon Machajewski and students Adam Logue, Quentin Reader and Jason Fedewa partnered with Collegiate adviser Jennifer Haywood.

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Construction Update: CPP LEED Certified

It’s been a busy eight months for everyone!  The architects, contractors and our own GRCC Facilities crew have literally rebuilt the infrastructure in College Park Plaza from the inside out!  An enormous amount of effort, coordination and cooperation was required to complete this task, and that started with those departments that vacated the building on short notice.

CPP received new:

•  heating & ventilation systems
•  lighting for improved light quality and energy efficiency
•  ceilings
•  network wiring, switches and wireless routers
•  fire suppression system
•  fixtures and china in restroom facilities
•  elevators

The Math Department and staff with the Foundation and College Advancement have moved back in, and English is moving in this week. The improvements to this building make College Park Plaza GRCC’s second LEED-certified facility!

Golf team wins fifth consecutive conference championship

Congratulations to the 9th ranked GRCC Golf Team as they won their 5th consecutive Western Conference Championship the past four days. They outdistanced second place Muskegon CC by sixty strokes. Also congratulations to Kory Roberts who was the individual medalist for the tournament. This is Kory’s third tournament win this spring. Making All-Conference for the Raiders were Kory Roberts, Jared Multer, Jake Siegel, David Thompson, Cody Shoemaker, and Max Lundy. The Raiders claimed six of the top ten positions. The team travels to Port Huron this weekend to play in the MCCAA State Tournament.

Older Learner Center students win first place in Senior Odyssey competition

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the GRCC Older Learner Center Team took First Place in the Senior Odyssey of Michigan Community Competition. What is Senior Odyssey? Senior Odyssey is the same as Odyssey of the Mind, the international program for students in kindergarten through college. Participants are encouraged to think creatively and outside the box. In Senior Odyssey, participants find opportunities to use their knowledge and life experiences in ways that give them a sense of purpose and pride. They engage in creative activities that promote cognitive vitality and healthy aging. As the winner of this competition, the GRCC Older Learner Center Team has been invited to showcase their performance at the May 25, 2013, Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University. Congratulations to Coach Jean Schmuker, and team members: Jackie Cromwell, Jane Greenman, Brady Jones, Joanne Jones, Freda Lehnen, Roger Meyer, and Barb Wingard!

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Facilities/apartment maintenance technician course begins in May 2013

Get trained now as a facilities/apartment maintenance technician!

GRCC’s new training program gives you the potential to earn certifications in:

  • lead renovation, repair, and painting.
  • HVAC Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Certified Pool Operator.
  • Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician.
  • Home Building Institute Facilities Maintenance Technician.
  • OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety.

Classes will be held 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 7:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays from May 20 to Aug. 23, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. The program costs $3,150 (payment plan available). To register, click here.

ISO courses scheduled for June 2013

In the ISO 9001:2008 Internal Auditor Training course, you’ll learn how to conduct effective and efficient internal audits. Focus will be given to the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 standard and how to audit to ensure compliance in your organization. This class is a mixture of teaching the requirements within the standard and a practical exercise that will give actual auditing experience.

You will learn:

  • definition of a process.
  • to identify the processes of your organization.
  • to perform a “Process” audit.
  • to ensure you perform process audits and still cover each requirement of ISO 9001:2008.
  • the components of a valid audit deficiency.
  • to ensure effective corrective action results from internal audits.
  • to ensure your company is prepared for third-party audits.

This course runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 and 27, 2013; it costs $595. To register, click here.

The ISO 14001 Overview course provides a basic understanding of the ISO 14001 Standard. It includes the concept, development, publication, and evolution of the standard. You will be introduced to each of the ISO 14001 requirements and what is involved in the development of a business system that meets the requirements. You will also learn what to expect during the development and implementation process.

This course runs 8 a.m. to noon June 28, 2013, and costs $295. To register, click here.


This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


1. Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use thecash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!

2. Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.

3. Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your social security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, May 3, 2013.

4. All award winners will be notified by May 10, 2013.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed (616)234-3930 or

GRCCePRINT hosts open house

GRCCePRINT is having an open house!

Join us for an open house on May 9th from 1-4 p.m., and we will show you many options for saving money in creating, printing, and mailing. Snacks and beverages will be available. While you are here, please fill out our quick survey and put your name in the box for a chance to receive a thank you item.

Raider Salute to Facilities, IT departments

A message from Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies:

A HUGE thank you and Raider Salute to the Facilities and Information Technology departments for their work in moving the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) Department from 125 Main to 316 Main.  There are all sorts of details and logistics that need to be managed. Everything went extremely well, and we were back up and running without missing a step!  Abbot Kastanek was our key contact, and he was an excellent resource in ensuring things went smoothly.  Thank you!

GRCC In the News, 4-29-13

A photo of GRCC culinary students is the Facebook cover of MLive today.

Grand Rapids Community College – Nursing Program Review

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The Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is one of the Michigan community colleges dedicated to delivering higher education right at the community level. The college has its history back in 1914 when the University of Michigan proposed the need to have a junior college to train residents at the community level. Later on in 1991, taxpayers of Kent County passed a vote to change the college from a junior college to Grand Rapids Community College. Since then, the college has been offering many liberal arts and professional programs.

Improv lessons translate well to business culture

April 26, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” might be more than just a fun show; it might be the key to transforming a toxic company culture into an exemplary one.

… Since 1999, Pories has worked with an impressive roster of corporate, educational and nonprofit clients including Amway, Crystal Flash Energy, Herman Miller, Priority Health, State Bar of Michigan, Wolverine Worldwide, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, American Red Cross, Association for Human Resource Management, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Spectrum Health, Van Andel Institute and Young Presidents Organization.

Muskegon Community College recap: Baseball, softball post Saturday sweeps

April 28, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — A strong weekend has earned the Muskegon Community College baseball team a spot in the regional tournament.

… GOLF: After two rounds of the Western Conference tournament, the Jayhawks are in second place behind Grand Rapids Community College.

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop, May 16–Register Now!

As we gear up for summer, I wanted to let you all know about a great professional development opportunity that will be coming to GRCC next month. On May 16, Monika Hogan from Pasadena City College will be leading a workshop at GRCC on the Reading Apprenticeship Project–a program that helps faculty work with their students to help them become critical readers, thinkers, and writers across disciplines. The workshop is part of the 2013 Regional Faculty Conversations series that is sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and is one of three Reading Apprenticeship workshops that will be held around the state May 15, 16, and 17.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please visit the MCCA’s website at and check the “Upcoming Events” box on the left side. The direct link to the GRCC event is

You will need to register through the MCCA site and will need to create a log-in if you have not registered for MCCA events in the past. There is no cost for the workshop.

In addition, we would like to track who is planning on attending, so we ask that you also register through the Center for Teaching Excellence at The MCCA registration is necessary for attendance, but the CTE registration will allow us to place your attendance at the workshop on your Training Summary.

SSPD Grants: May 2013 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., May 17, 2013. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or Good luck!